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272 21 Sep 2014
00:51:19

Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards talk to the former French diplomat professor Jean-Pierre Filiu, who has attempted to write the definitive history of Gaza. Plus, Christopher Simon Sykes describes the challenges of writing a biography for art-great David Hockney, and food artist Sam Bompas presents some mind-altering plants and botanicals.

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271 14 Sep 2014
01:00:00

On this episode of the Weekly we look to the future with former CIA intelligence analyst Mathew Burrows, talk money with John Lanchester and sample the latest East London liquor with Alexander Wolpert.

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270 7 Sep 2014
01:00:00

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound speak to author Jamie Bartlett about his voyage to the dark corners of the internet, hear from medical curator Carla Valentine, and meet Henry Hemming, who looks back on Geoffrey Pyke’s adventurous life as an inventor and spy.

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269 31 Aug 2014
01:00:00

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound learn how to write a modern ghost story with author Joanna Briscoe, hear how John Moore's latest album came about (and sing along too), and discuss Girl Soldiers in the US with Helen Thorpe.

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268 24 Aug 2014
00:53:34

We meet journalist and author David Eimer who tells of the lesser known parts of China that are beyond Beijing’s influence and hear the story of an American furniture manufacturer who successfully fought offshoring and helped save his town. Plus, we also look at the history of Europe’s largest street festival, the Notting Hill Carnival.

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267 17 Aug 2014
00:51:36

Julian Mash takes us on a tour of London’s famous Portobello Road, Zoe Cormier talks sex, drugs and rock and roll and Michael Schmidt discusses his new biography of the novel.

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266 10 Aug 2014
01:00:00

Chris Ruen discusses how free content can harm creativity, writer and editor Jacques Testard chats about his new literary press Fitzcarraldo Editions, and historian Joanna Bourke explains the history of pain.

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265 3 Aug 2014
01:00:00

We look at China’s expanding role in Africa with veteran foreign correspondent Howard W French, chat with Sasha Abramsky about The House of Twenty Thousands Books, and dive down a rabbit hole of big money in American politics with Politico’s Kenneth P Vogel.

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264 27 Jul 2014
01:00:00

We chat with Paul Charles about his new novel The Lonesome Heart is Angry, discuss the Edinburgh International Festival with outgoing head Sir Jonathan Mills, and meet Tom Saater of the Invisible Borders Trans-African Photography Project.

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263 20 Jul 2014
01:00:00

Monocle’s editor Andrew Tuck and culture editor Robert Bound meet the Syrian artist Issam Kourbaj, talk to financial journalist Alex Brummer, and hear the private histories of 20 pianos with the musician Ed McKeon.

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262 13 Jul 2014
01:00:00

Andrew Tuck and Robert Bound meet author Maria Venegas to find out about her new memoir, chronicling her reconciliation with her father 14 years after his extradition to Mexico on a murder charge. We also celebrate the 90th anniversary of one of the UK's most intriguing design awards.

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261 6 Jul 2014
01:00:00

Andrew Tuck and Tom Edwards meet Isabelle Legeron, master of wine and author of a new book on the joys of natural vines. Plus, one of Sri Lanka’s most prominent novelists, Romesh Gunesekera, discusses his new collection of stories, and veteran journalist Tim Parks talks about his new murder mystery.

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